Alfred University - School Of Art

Founded in 1836 as a select school, Alfred University is the second-oldest coeducational institution in the United States and the oldest in New York State. From the beginning, Alfred University took the unusual stance that everyone – regardless of gender, ethnicity or religion – deserved an equal education.

The fact that even though we are relatively small, with all the advantages that come with having only 2,000 undergraduate students, we are also a full-fledged university offering master’s and doctoral degrees. We have a full range of liberal arts and sciences majors, complemented by professional programs in such disciplines as athletic training, business, engineering and psychology.

We have an unusual partnership with New York State. Our School of Art & Design and some of the programs in our School of Engineering are actually partially supported by the State University of New York as “statutory units,” meaning they were created by an act of the State Legislature long before the State University of New York system came into being. Alfred University administers the state-supported programs... [ Read All ]


United States

One Saxon Drive
NY 14802
Phone: 607.871.2115
Fax: 607.871.2198

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Our Aims

How do you define an AU education?

Uncommon flexibility: At Alfred University, you’re not relegated to a major and expected to take only prescribed courses in that major. We encourage you to take courses in other majors, or through our other colleges and schools. We offer a Track II major that lets you design your own major, combining your interests in unusual ways.

Undergraduate research: Many Alfred University majors are required to complete an undergraduate research project or capstone project, whichever is appropriate for their field. For all, it’s encouraged. Our students find that completion of such a project gives them an edge, whether they’re applying to graduate school or entering the work force.

An accent on the international: Our students are encouraged to participate in an international experience, whether it’s a week-long trip with a professor; a summer internship abroad, or a semester spent studying in another country.  

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Location and Getting there

The School of Art & Design at Alfred University provides the professional guidance, creative opportunity, and necessary media exposure to shape tomorrow's professional artists, designers and scholars. Located in Western New York, the historic, picturesque village of Alfred provides an ideal, contemplative setting in which to study art. The School of Art & Design, while located on a private university campus, is part of the State University of New York university system, and competitively priced.

Alfred's NASAD accredited school boasts two nationally ranked programs; its award-winning faculty are internationally renowned artists as well as highly dedicated teachers and mentors, and its studio facilities are among the most diverse and best equipped in the nation. Through an intensive, studio-based program, the curriculum offers a solid background in art history and liberal arts. Class size is limited to ensure a small faculty/student ratio. Complementing faculty instruction is an impressive visiting artist program as well as study abroad and internship opportunities. Additional resources include The Schein-Joseph International Muse...  [ Read All ]

Department and information about the department

"At Alfred, Art is a verb."

The School of Art and Design in The New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University has a long illustrious history of creative excellence. It is a place where art, science and technology have merged for over a century. When you come to Alfred you will join a thriving community of professional artists and focused students. Our environment is demanding and rigorous. You will work in some of the best artmaking facilities in the world. We will challenge you, and in turn, we expect you to challenge yourself.

"Great art is made from experience."

In art, your only limitation is your imagination. We are committed to assisting both undergraduate and graduate students achieve their greatest creative potential. Our programmatic foundation rests upon these key values: personal and intellectual development, exploration and observation, understanding the symbiotic relationship between the history of art and contemporary art practice, and last but perhaps most important, skill based instruction. A strong work ethic, open-mindedness, and imaginative courage are the touchstones of serious art making.

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Academic Staff and Description

Alfred's faculty members are internationally renowned artists, as well as highly dedicated teachers and mentors. Full-time faculty members are involved in teaching and advising at all levels from freshman foundation to graduate study. An impressive visiting artist program, featuring residencies, lectures, exhibitions, and workshops by many of the nation's most recognized artists, complements faculty instruction.  

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News and Events  

Information For  Undergraduates

The School of Art & Design offers a 4-year, professional degree program leading to the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (BFA). This program provides opportunities to combine studies in ceramic art, art history, drawing, painting, photography, expanded media, and sculpture/dimensional studies. Expanded media consists of graphic design, print media, video and sonic arts. Sculpture/dimensional studies includes glass, neon, metal, paper, robotics, stone, and wood.

The School of Art & Design is a growing community of artists, designers and students dedicated to the teaching, creation, research, exhibition and communication of fine art and design. Our location, in rural Western New York, has few distractions and is a great place to make art.


Ceramic Art

Expanded Media
Print Media
Sonic Art
Video Art

Sculpture/Dimensional Studies
Cast Glass
Metal Fabricated
Mixed Media/Paper
Blown Glass
Light and Glass
Cast Metal and Stone

Drawing, Painting & Photography

Art History

Art Education & Pre-Art Therapy  

Information For  Postgraduates

The University admits to programs of graduate study those students who hold four-year baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, or its foreign equivalent, and demonstrate the ability to perform credibly at the graduate level.

The baccalaureate degree must be appropriate to the particular course of study and be considered legitimate preparation for the field of study to which the student is being admitted. Some students may be accepted with the condition that undergraduate coursework be completed. A 3.0/4.0 GPA or better is recommended.

Applicant qualifications are judged by the faculty of the department of program to which they apply, and by the Director of Graduate Studies.

Graduate Art Degrees:

Electronic Integrated Art
Ceramic Art
Sculpture/Dimensional Studies  

Information For  International Students

If you are not a citizen of the United States, are currently in the United States with a visa, or you have applied for permanent residency but have not been approved, you are considered an international student.

For a complete admissions International Student Guide Book:  


AU is the type of place that you never truly leave behind. The things you learned, the challenges you overcame, the mentors who guided you, the friends you made are part of who you are. That’s why so many of our alumni regard Alfred as another home, no matter how many years they’ve been away.  

Student Facilities

Academic Facilities:

One of the strengths of Alfred University is the facilities and equipment we have available for use by undergraduate students.

Division of Ceramic Art:

Division of Drawing, Painting & Photography:

Division of Sculpture-Dimensional Studies:

The Campus Center:
The 60,000 square-foot Powell Campus Center (built in 1994) is home to many of the activities and organizations that make student life so exciting at Alfred University.


Student Support

Counseling and Student Development:

The Counseling and Student Development Center is an integral part of Alfred University. Our mission evolves from that of the University and the Division of Student Affairs. It is based on a commitment to respond to students' needs in reaching their personal and academic potential as individuals. Students' development as citizens of the immediate and larger community will be promoted through professional, ethical, and high quality counseling and educational services.  

Student Life

There is so much to do at AU, and so many ways to belong! Don’t let our location fool you. On any given weekend during the school year, there are a dozen activities to choose from--breakout bands, films, and comedy shows, dance and theatrical performances, athletic events, and career workshops.

There are more than 100 student clubs and organizations to join, along with opportunities to volunteer and develop leadership skills, and ways to explore your spiritual side. Our programs are nationally-recognized for their success and creativity.  


Life in a residence hall can be both fun and challenging, and at AU, we work hard to make it a rewarding experience as well.

At the start, first-year students live together in their own halls, and often make friendships there that last a lifetime. Our staff of Resident Directors (RDs) and undergraduate Resident Assistants (RAs) help ease the transition to college life, promoting community and personal growth through special activities. RAs live on each floor, and are always available for a late night chat or whatever anyone needs.

Alfred University is a residential living and learning community. Students are required to live on campus for their first, sophomore and junior years. All of our residence halls are co-ed. Some of the halls alternate female/male by floors, while others alternate by room.

Living arrangements range from traditional, corridor-style residence halls to suites and apartments for small groups of residents. Single rooms are available to both new and upper-class students on a limited basis. Common Interest Housing (CIH)—special housing based on student interests--is also available to upper-class studen...  [ Read All ]

How To Apply

An application form may be obtained by:
Applying online
Print out a paper application
Contact the Admissions Office and have an application mailed or faxed to you.
Online common application *
A $40 (US) fee is charged for each application. A check or money order, made payable to Alfred University, must accompany the application or it cannot be processed.

Upon acceptance a $300.00 deposit
(non-refundable) is due:
May 1 for fall semester
Dec. 15 for spring semester

* Alfred University is a member of the Common Application System for selective colleges and universities.

The Common Application is a college application that participating colleges and universities will accept as their own application. Using the Common Application makes the application process easier for students by saving time and eliminating duplication effort.

The Common Application only needs to be completed once; photocopies will then be sent to any number of participating institutions.

You can also request a Common Application form from your secondary school counselor.  

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Arrange a visit: call (800) 541.9229

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Alfred University
Office of Admissions
Alumni Hall
1 Saxon Drive
Alfred, NY 14802

Ph: 800.541.9229
Ph: 607.871.2115
Fx: 607.871.2198